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James Cameron's Titanic Hardcover – December 10, 1997

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James Cameron's Titanic is a book conceived on the epic scale of the movie--not only do the massive page size and sky-high production values of the book do justice to the big ship, they give Kate Winslet's titanic hats an impact comparable to what the big screen gives them. It's also fun to get the effect of exploring a set as vast, complex, and fiscally and physically dangerous as the one Cameron created for Titanic the film. He is Hollywood's answer to Ahab, so he deserves a great big book.

Nor will fans be disappointed to hear Winslet break character--she plays an upper-class lass from the stuffiest circles--and explain how she helped her costar prepare for their first scene together, in which she stripped for her dishy portrait. "I was naked in front of Leo on the first day of shooting," says Winslet in the book. "She had no shame with it," says DiCaprio, who apparently despises shame. "She wanted to break the ice a little beforehand, so she flashed me. I wasn't prepared for that, so she had one up on me. I was pretty comfortable after that."

While the stars were getting acquainted and the wild-eyed director was figuring out historically unprecedented ways of blending live footage with computer imagery ("Cheat the size of the tugboats 10 percent smaller ... It will make the ship look even more majestic as it leaves Southampton!"), the core cast of 150 extras was taking a crash course in manners. Etiquette coach and choreographer Lynne Hockney even taught the Core (as they were called) that there was a proper way to laugh. "It was the Gilded Age, a time of the grand hostess, lavish parties and tireless pleasure-seeking," Hockney says in the book. "And each social class was scrambling to reach the one above it. This made proper behavior terribly important.... You cannot slouch in a corset, for example. You perch." One wishes there was a frame or two from the Hockney film running on a tape loop in the wardrobe building, Titanic Etiquette: A Time-Traveler's Guide. If it were available for sale, people would be buying it.

On the other hand, there's always the movie. Or this book. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Glorious photographs taken during filming tell the story of love, tragedy, and heroism that touched millions of moviegoers. Filled with facts about the making of the movie and the historical "ship of dreams," the calendar illuminates James Cameron's grand cinematic achievement in light of the greatest engineering disaster of the century. --This text refers to the Calendar edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCol; 1st edition (December 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0067575161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0067575161
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To everyone sending in countless reviews raving about Titanic, please don't talk about THE MOVIE and obsessing with LEO DICAPRIO, just focus on the book! Everyone's getting so cynical and hyper from seeing Titanic one too many times!
Anyways, James Cameron's Titanic is a good source for intriguing look at the process in the making of the biggest and most ambitious epic in decades. While sheet-wide "making of" pictures are a little overblown, it gets a dose of fascination to witness how Titanic was filmed under extreme circumstances. Most of the texts are well-written with the quotes from the man himself, James Cameron. However, these are not common in a couple hundreds of pages, which may or may not be satisfying. For more complete insights and details about filming the footages of the Titanic and on the set and with the filmmaker discussing the complications of completing the exhausting process, just go buy "Titanic and the Making of James Cameron". It's a better read than Ed March book itself, although not recommended for those who are too illiterate or just plain lazy to read the literally complex book in one sitting. Other than that, James Cameron's Titanic is a great book to start with, especially for pre-teen fans.
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"James Cameron's Titanic" has a little something for all different sets of movie fans. There's an incredible amount of photos and captures from the movie which will no doubt be scanned and posted on the net by hundreds of the movie's teenage fans (and those sites DO exist), while the way in which the making of the film is presented in words and behind-the-scenes photographs will surely please film students and buffs. The detail payed to the execution of the material is as meticulous and praise-worthy as the movie itself. This is a must-have for any fan of the movie, offering more than you could ask for for a movie that gives you everything you want from it.
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This book is absolutely beautiful! The photography is amazing and the book is very informative as well. A must for any fan of this classic film.
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By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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After seeing the film I just had to read the book as well. Just reading about the sheer amount of work that went into making this film is incrediable. My sister and I were really intetested in the period of history and the social class, after reading this book it gave a tremendous insight into the life and times of the people aboard the ship. I would highly recomend this book to anyone who loved the film, as it is a really great read, and the pictures and sketches of costumes etc. are really great!
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This book has excellent photography of many scenes from the movie. It explains all the measures of making the movie from costumes to digital effects. It shows every character and their part in the film. The shots of the replica of the Titanic are very nice. It tells you how they built and designed the ship. It's like the Behind the Scenes of Titanic except it's in a book and you don't have to tape it. I enjoyed reading about how they made the computer extras. They look very real. I recommend this book to any Titanic fan or photographer.
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I don't know where to start. I am overwhelmed from reading the reviews. I am thrilled that so many others were as touched by the film as I was. I have seen the movie 11 times, and don't intend to stop--ever. I will be first in line when it comes time to pre-buy the movie. Yes, I have read the book. It is amazing. James Cameron certainly has a way with words. I didn't expect it to hit me so hard, but the first paragraph on the inside cover brought me to tears. Looking at the pictures is like watching the movie again. And by now I know the words.. :-) There has never been a movie like Titanic. Everything about it is awe-inspiring, and the fact that this really happened is what got me so into it. I have become quite the Titanic historian since the release of this film, and it seems like the more I discover, the more I want to go back to the theaters. I am happy even when the movie is sold out because that means it is accomplishing what James Cameron set out to do. It is touching the lives of millions of people and opening their eyes to one of the greatest tragedies of all time. I get choked up every time I try to write how I feel about this movie and book, and everything surrounding them, and so I will just say that never before have I been so fascinated and broken-hearted at the same time. I hope that Titanic continues in it's huge success, and you can all bet that I'll be doing my part to keep it going strong. Oh, and if anyone wants someone to talk to about the movie who will share in their excitement and not think they're loony for seeing the movie so many times, feel free to email me!!
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As a filmmaker, this book provided me with great insights on the making of one of the most seen films of all times. It's awesome for filmmakers as well as regular audience. It will blow you away. You will see the film under a different light.
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I originally got this book for the pictures of the costumes, which were so beautiful! The book was an interesting look behind the workings of the making of the movie. Enjoyable, but not enough pictures of the costumes!
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